Discipleship

Hey all. Several guys asked me to post my notes from the message I shared on Discipleship at the last Grubfest. Here they are. Sorry for the delay. It was great to hang out with you all.

Andrew

Discipleship

Let’s start by talking about what a disciple is. I found two words in the Bible for disciple.

One is
mathētēs

It’s a noun and its definition is…
a learner, pupil, disciple

The other is
mathēteuō

This one is a verb and its definition is…

to be a disciple of one
1. to follow his precepts and instructions
to make a disciple
1. to teach, instruct

Pasted from <http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=G3100&t=NASB>

Now let’s look at who is responsible for Discipleship. In Eph 4:11-12 is says this…

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

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So it’s the apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers jobs right. Well, hold on a minute. Let’s read verse 12 again…

12Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.

So to equip God’s people, that’s all of us right.. To do His work and build up the church the body of Christ.

To do his work… What is his work? Well in part it is The Great Commission

Matt 28:18-20

18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19Go therefore and make disciples (mathēteuō,teach,instruct)of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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Notice it just says Go. Not apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers go. The great commission is for all of us. To make disciples of all nations. To teach/ to instruct others of God. A good start is within our body.

Now let’s go back to Ephesians for a minute and pick up where we left off. Verse 13

13This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ.
14Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. 15Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. 16He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.

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He wants us to be mature, be able to discern God’s truth from lies, speak that truth in love, and do our own special work to help the other parts of the body grow. He wants us all to be disciples, and make disciples. He wants us to do our own special work to help the other parts of the body grow into maturity and be more like Him.

We have all been tasked with this. This is not something only for the 5 fold ministry. These “gifts to the church” are offices not activities. All apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are disciples, but not all disciples hold the office of an apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor or teacher. However you don’t need to hold an office to operate in a gifting. You don’t have to be a prophet to prophecy or an evangelist to evangelize. We are all called to teach others and operate in the gifts that He decides to give us. Each of us has something to contribute no matter where we are in our walk. If you have walked with the Lord a long time you likely have many things you could teach another brother. Likewise if you have only known the Lord a short time you still have something to offer. The Lord may have shown you or given you revelation of something that another brother has never seen. Or perhaps you will ask a question that another brother can’t answer. In that situation there is opportunity for both to grow. There are several things we can do to be a better disciples, both students and teachers.

1. Spending time with Jesus

We need to all be spending time with Jesus, building our relationship with Him. Being filled up by Him. If we are full, then we can pour out and into others. We can’t give others something we don’t have. We can’t be running around on empty. If we are full to overflowing from spending time with him then pouring into others becomes a natural occurrence.

2. Spending time in His word

We need to be spending time in his word. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 It says…

16All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

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3. Ask for and practice operating in the gifts of the spirit.

These gifts are part of the equipping for the work of ministry and building of the church that we are all called too.

1Cor 12:7-11

7But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; 9to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. 11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.

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Acts 1:8 Says this…

but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

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We will receive power when the Holy spirit has come upon us…. We need this power to do His work. I don’t see this as optional. Jesus told the disciples to wait for it…

Acts 1:4

Gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “you heard of from Me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

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The gifts of the spirit are needed to do his work. To disciple his people, to share His good news… Jesus said it was better that He should go so that the Holy Spirit should come. We all need these gifts and to be effective at operating in them.

So, If we are building our relationship with Him, spending time in His word being ” trained in righteousness“, and “equipped for every good work“, empowered with the gifts of the spirit, we can do these things he has called us too. Not in our own strength, or wisdom, or power, but partnered with Christ. With His strength and His wisdom, and His power.

Let’s be quick to challenge, encourage, and pour into each other. We are in this together and each of us has something to bring to the table. As Iron Sharpens Iron so one man sharpens another. We all need to be spending time with Jesus, spending time in His word, growing in Him, being filled by our source, and then helping to sharpen and encourage each other to do the same. Let’s all be good disciples both Students and Teachers amen!

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